Vivas brothers MCC doubles' champs

 HU's Gonzalo Vivas and his brother, Martin, put together an outstanding MCC tournament performance as doubles’ partners. The pair entered the tournament as the second seed in the #1 doubles’ bracket and made their way to the championship match where they upset the top-seeded team from Indiana Wesleyan 9-8 (3) to win the title.

As a team, the Foresters finished in a third place tie for the tournament after finishing in a tie for seventh in the regular season standings. Indiana Wesleyan won the men's title with 23 points and Taylor was second with 13. For complete results, see MCC Men's Tournament Results.

The Vivas brothers won their opening doubles' match over Marian 8-2 and followed that up with an 8-6 victory over Goshen. Tied at 7-7 in the title match, IWU broke HU's serve to go up 8-7, but the Vivas brothers wouldn't go down without a fight. They broke back and forced the match into a tie-breaker. There it was all HU, winning 7-3 to take the title and push the Foresters into a tie for third in the tournament standings.

Matt Cable also earned a spot in the championship match for HU as the #3-seed at #5 singles. He began with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Grace's opponent and downed Spring Arbor 6-0, 6-2. In the championship match, Cable faced the top-seeded player from Indiana Wesleyan and came up short 6-3, 6-3.

"The guys really came up big for us," said HU coach Gary Turner. "You never know what is going to happen in a tournament and I was very happy for Matt and the Vivas brothers by making it to the finals."

In other singles' action, Jameel Brenneman won his first round match 6-1, 6-1 over Grace in the #3 bracket, then fell 6-2, 6-1 to Goshen in the semi-finals.

Jonathan Brenneman also notched a victory in his opening match winning 6-3, 6-3 over Spring Arbor at #4 singles. He lost to 6-2, 6-3 to Taylor in his second contest.

Gonzalo Vivas (6-2, 6-0), Martin Vivas (6-0, 6-2) and Keaton McDonald (6-2, 6-1) each lost in their opening matches at #1, #2 and #6 respectively.

The Brenneman brothers fell 8-6 to Goshen in their first doubles' match in the #2 bracket, and at #3, Cable and Paul Hageman lost 8-4 to Bethel.

Gonzalo Vivas earned MCC All-Conference honors for the second time in his career. For complete list of All-Conference honorees, see Men's MCC All-Conference Team.


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